Come Home Rich - How to Get the Most out of Your Next Conference

Written by Steve Kaye

Success in your career depends upon how well you manage your professional development. A prime source of this development comes from being a member of a professional association that relates to your career. As a member, you can attend conferences where you advance your skills and meet people who can help you.

Some people, however, treat conferences as a paid vacation. They party, they skip sessions, and they return home with little more than a stack of receipts. That costs them (or their business) money and contributes nothing to professional growth.

Here’s how to getrepparttar most out of your next conference.

Start With a Plan

First, make a list of your goals for attendingrepparttar 139162 conference. For example, this could includerepparttar 139163 information that you want to gain,repparttar 139164 relationships that you want to deepen,repparttar 139165 people you want to meet, andrepparttar 139166 things that you want to buy. Also, make a list of questions that you want to have answered while you’re atrepparttar 139167 conference. This list will help you focus on your personal agenda duringrepparttar 139168 conference and will maximize your chances of returning with something of value.

Then, scan throughrepparttar 139169 program to select those sessions that will help yourepparttar 139170 most. These could be on topics that teach skills leading to a promotion, help open new opportunities at work, or answer important questions about your career. If many valuable sessions are scheduled atrepparttar 139171 same time, then select your first and second choices. You may find that one ofrepparttar 139172 sessions has been canceled or filled (sold out).

Highlight your top priority sessions so you can sign up or arrive early. These sessions generally have such great value that they justify attendingrepparttar 139173 conference, and you want to make sure that you’re there when they start.

If your boss must approve attending a conference, use your plan to justify your request. Be sure to include explanations of howrepparttar 139174 information, relationships, and participation atrepparttar 139175 conference will enhance your value to your company. Wise leaders always support someone who relates a request torepparttar 139176 benefits that come from it.

Workrepparttar 139177 Plan

While atrepparttar 139178 conference keep your list of goals and questions in mind. Begin each day by checking your list and identifying those goals that you can achieve during that day. For example, some sessions may provide information that answers some of your questions.

Atrepparttar 139179 end ofrepparttar 139180 day review your list and check off those goals that you accomplished. If you discover new opportunities, then add them to your list of goals. And if you find yourself stuck on reaching a goal, seek out a senior member whom you can ask for advice on how to achieve it.

Meet People

10 Attributes of Effective Meetin

Written by Steve Kaye

Here are ten fundamental concepts that characterize an effective meeting.

Definition: A meeting is a business activity where select people gather to perform work that requires a team effort.

A meeting, like any business event, succeeds when it is preceded by planning, characterized by focus, governed by structure, and controlled by a budget.

Three things guarantee an unproductive meeting: poor planning, lack of appropriate process, and hostile culture. Effective leaders attend to all of these to create an effective meeting.

Effective meetings require sharing control and making commitments.

Short meetings free people to work onrepparttar essential activities that representrepparttar 139161 core of their jobs. In contrast, long meetings prevent people from working on critical tasks such as planning, communicating, and learning.

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